By HAZEL REID
On Saturday 31st of March I spent the day in Wellington. As I’m normally based in Auckland, this involved a 7:00am flight into the capital and a food fuel stop at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen.
It was Armageddon weekend in Wellington, and since I had only ever been to their Auckland and Tauranga shows I was excited to see what the windy city had to offer. The massive Westpac Stadium is home to the expo, which was filled with TV/movie guests, gaming, pop culture, comics, cosplay, and interactive activities.
At the stadium dubbed the ‘cake tin,’ stalls filled the outer foyers of the venue while the main stage was in the stadium seats. The crowds braved the hectic wind to witness the first panel of the day with the hilarious Peytr (Ben Fransham) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) from What We Do In The Shadows who answered questions in full character, much to the delight of their fans.
iZombie’s Aly Michalka and Rahul Kohli followed at midday, taking lashings of wind in their scaffolded stage in their stride as they answered questions left and right from the audience. The stadium continued to pack out despite the wild weather as next up in the hot seat (although he did choose to stand) was the expo’s headline guest, Jeremy Renner of Avengers fame.
I can’t say I’ve ever seen so many Avengers and Harry Potter fans in one place as I did at the photo booth sessions for Jeremy Renner and Bonnie Wright, who portrayed Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films. They were in high demand, but I can confirm I did manage to partake and that both of them are great people!
Attendees had a lot of activities to choose from throughout the day, with opportunities for autographs from TV/movie and animation/comic stars alike, selfies with Deadpool, amazing cosplay, and a chance to pick up exclusive swag like the special edition Marvel chrome pops. The Wellington event had a different layout to Auckland and Tauranga, one that I can’t say I fully enjoyed because it meant doing laps around the arena rather than having structured halls and indoor stages.
We flew back to Auckland that evening- after filling our bellies at Wagamama- with photos in hand and sore feet from all of the running around. We had a great weekend at Armageddon in Wellington. If you’re able to attend one of the upcoming expos this year, I definitely recommend it.
Armageddon is set for another massive year with the next one in Tauranga on 24th-25th May, Christchurch on Queens Birthday weekend (2nd-4th June), and Auckland in October. Keep an eye on the Armageddon website and Facebook page in order to hear all of the important announcements for the upcoming expos.
From tour managing boybands to working massive events and interviewing international talent, HAZEL REID is in love with the craziness that is the entertainment industry.
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